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Project Lead - European Variation Archive

Job Location
Wellcome Genome Campus
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom
Grade 7 (monthly salary starting at £3,351.44 after tax)

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. For more information about pay and benefits please visit our website.

Job Description

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking a Project Lead for the European Variation Archive (EVA). The EVA, ( is a primary open repository for archiving, accessioning and distributing genetic variation, including single nucleotide variants, short insertions and deletions (indels), and larger structural variants (SVs) in any species. The EVA is an ELIXIR data deposition resource and implements the FAIR principles to provide access and foster data re-use, and enable reproducibility. The EVA is a rapidly expanding resource and since 2018 is the sole deposition resource of genetic variants from any species. We collaborate internationally with the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, the OpenTargets platform, the Ensembl Genome Browser, NCBI/dbSNP, and a variety of model organism databases.

The EVA project is part of the EGA and EVA team led by Thomas Keane, and is part of the Molecular Archives Cluster at EMBL-EBI. We work closely with other members of the Molecular Archive cluster, The European Genome Phenome Archive (EGA), the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA), and the Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies team.

The EVA team group consists of a Senior Software Developer, three Software Developers, a Helpdesk Officer, and a Bioinformatician. The successful candidate will work closely with the EGA/EVA team leader to develop the strategic plan, manage the day to day operations of the EVA group, and in conjunction with the Senior Developer plan the software development sprints of the EVA group. You will represent the EVA at international standards initiatives, foster collaborative relationships with key community resources, and ensure a high quality service to EVA users.

Your Role:

The main activities that you will be involved in are:

  • Ensuring that the EVA delivers an efficient service for key stakeholders (submitters, users, and key collaborators);
  • Implement and monitor the delivery of the EVA strategic objectives, milestones, and present KPIs to demonstrate success;
  • Assist the team leader with project planning, grant writing, and budgeting processes including key performance indicators;
  • Effectively and proactively communicate operational outcomes, risks, and ongoing processes;
  • Coordinate day to day supervision of EVA staff comprising of software developers, bioinformatics, and helpdesk staff (approximately 5-6 FTE);
  • Maintain and develop collaborations with multiple external groups;
  • Work with, teach, and learn from a great team that is fun, devoted to personal growth and committed to building something meaningful, lasting, and impactful.

Many members of the team have families and dependants and we value the importance of a good work-life balance. EMBL-EBI makes progress every year towards building a more diverse workforce, making it an ideal place for smart, curious people across cultures, genders, ethnicities, and lifestyles.

  • A postgraduate degree in life sciences, bioinformatics, computing, or engineering; or equivalent industry experience;
  • At least 5 years experience in life sciences;
  • Experience in coordinating the delivery of complex projects with multiple stakeholders;
  • Excellent written and verbal English language skills;
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Demonstrable experience in writing both technical reports and text for lay reader;
  • A proven ability to effectively interact with multiple stakeholders to deliver technical projects;
  • Demonstrable experience in efficient service delivery;
  • Evidence of implementing Agile software development practices.

You may also have:

  • Experience of processing large volumes of genetic data;
  • Experience interacting with genetic variation data;
  • Working knowledge of genomics technologies (e.g. next-generation sequencing, genotyping arrays) and storage/exchange formats;
  • Familiarity with Java development frameworks such as Spring;
  • Experience in the operation of helpdesk management systems;
  • Line management or supervision experience.
How to Apply

To view a copy of the full job description please visit our website.

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system.

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone. 

This position is limited to the project duration specified. 

Applications will close on 20 August 2019 at 23:00 GMT.

About Our Organization

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

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